Apple Store openings – today and 2001

The Grand Central Terminal Apple Store opened at 10 a.m. ET and, according to Apple Insider, some customers camped out with sleeping bags to be the first in the store, which Adam Clark Estes says “kind of resembles a fancy college library.”

The first Apple Store opened May 19, 2001, in McLean, Va. (That’s Steve Jobs and WSJ columnist Walt Mossberg at the openining.) CNET News covered the event:

More than 500 zealous Mac fans lined up as early as 4 a.m. EDT for the chance to be the store’s first customer and to support Apple Computer’s retail experiment. The crowd–which earlier broke into chants of “Apple! Apple! Apple!”–roared when the store opened at 10 a.m.

By the way, Chris Barylick — then a freelance writer — was the first Apple Store’s first customer. (Here’s his Facebook page and his Twitter feed.)

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  1. Mark Frankel said:

    I’m a little bit of an Apple fan-boy myself, but even I can’t imagine what would compel otherwise-sane people to camp out in order to be the first ones inside the new store. It’s not like there aren’t already four other Apple Stores in Manhattan, just a short walk, bus or subway ride away, selling the exact same merchandise.